Crocodile encounter

  • By MCK Tulum
  • 15 Jun, 2012

About our crocodile experience in a cenote

When we don’t have wind in Tulum for kiting, we have a bunch of other activities to do such as swimming or diving in “cenotes”. For those that don’t know what a cenote is, it is a whole full of water created by the erosion of the rock, making systems of rivers of many kilometers under the earth.

I will tell the history of one of those days that due to the lack of wind we did an excursion to a cenote named: Xbalamque with our friends Antonio and Mike of Yucatan Outdoors .

This cenote is surrounded with mangroves and due to the recent rain the water was not very clear and looked a little frightening. Rocio decided not to get into the cenote and wait for us outside with her friend Eva. So we were only three in the water, Mike (the guide), an Australian tourist and me.

The cenote was spectacular. Even the water wasn’t very clear we were able to see some fishes and explore some caves. Suddenly Mike asked us for silence and pointed to one side and did a funny signal with the hands something as jaws closing.

When I looked to the direction that Mike was pointing, I understand that the funny signal was CROCODILE. There it was floating at 6 meters from us, watching us, a crocodile of one and a half meter… and suddenly it came closer, so now it was 5 meters from us and in my opinion ready to attack.

The great Mike calm us down saying that there was no problem. The crocodile was smaller than us and it was probably more afraid too. He also told us that it came closer to find a better escape route. So I believed him and started to enjoy the moment and the opportunity of being able to swim with an animal so spectacular in its natural environment.

In Mexico we have many natural paradises such as this cenote in Tulum area.

This post crocodile picture was not taken by us because non of the people who were in the water had camera in that moment. This crocodile is one of many crocodiles living in natural spaces of Quintana Roo in the Mexican Caribbean photographed by a talented professional.
By MCK Tulum 25 May, 2017
In our experience, theory is a very important step. Not everybody likes it and sometimes is overlooked, but is A MUST.

It won't take hours of explanations and you won't need to take any notes. We know you are in Tulum on holidays. Just listen carefully and focus around 20 minutes. Could you do that? In this first step you will get the foundation to be a great kitesurfer.

At this point, you will learn three important things:
(1) Where the wind comes from
(2) Which wind directions are good for kiting, and
(3) What is the wind window.

Please take this just as a brief explanation of what you will learn with your certified instructor on your first day of lessons. Do not miss the first lesson. And never never never try to learn Kitesurf on your own.
By MCK Tulum 15 May, 2017
Kitesurfing is not a sport that can be learned in one or two hours. It demands a bunch of hours of training. But above all, it demands going step by step mastering one exercise at a time. At the end of this learning process you will kite safely on your own. 

One of the most asked questions is: How long it takes to learn kitesurfing? This question depends on different factors: the student skills, the wind conditions and the sea conditions, among others. Approximately, it takes from 3 to 4 hours to get to the board stage and between 9 to 12 hours of training to become an independent kiteboarder.

Every student is different and has a different rhythm. If you have excellent skills and you are “a natural”, you will learn very fast. If not, don’t worry, the learning process will take a little longer for you. Go step by step. Focus on what you are doing, listen to your instructor and you will end up kiting.
By MCK Tulum 19 Apr, 2017
Rather you are a complete beginner who wants to learn kitesurfing in Tulum or an experienced kitesurfer looking for a nice spot to ride, you need to know a few things to get the most out of your kitesurfing vacation. 
By MCK Tulum 02 Apr, 2017
We’ve designed a shiny new site with you in mind. A new web experience where is very easy to find what you are looking for in Tulum.
By MCK Tulum 15 Dec, 2012
It is essential to take kite lessons with a certified instructor. Why? The main reason is that being an action sport with many variables, you can get involve in extreme situations where you have to apply all the knowledge of wind, body position, kite control, security systems, etc. So, it is very important and necessary to know all the rules of kitesurfing and all safety techniques before starting to navigate on your own.

Now, we'll give you three more good reasons to take kitesurfing lessons:

1. For safety.

And not just for your own safety, but also for the safety of other riders and swimmers in the area. Kitesurfing should not be underestimated. A bad learning can expose you and those around you to a serious accident. Taking the course, you will learn the techniques of kite safety, principles of wind and the necessary conditions to start riding without accidents. If you learn safety rules properly and follow them, you’ll never have any problem.

2. Because you learn faster and better.

When you learn kitesurfing with a certified instructor, you do it in much less time and much better than if you do it on your own through the principle of “trial and error”. Principle that not only take you longer to master the sport but very possibly you end up injured. By learning on your own you expose yourself to unnecessary risks.

3. Because you learn with the school equipment.

You don’t need to spend money on kite equipment to learn kitesurfing, because you learn with the school gear, with the latest technology and security systems all in perfect conditions. Kiteboarding equipments are not cheap and if you buy one before you have an idea about kitesurfing you will probably make a mistake buying one kite inappropriate for someone starting out. It is best to learn with the school equipment and once completed the course, you ask advice to your instructor about the material that suits you.


The best thing you can do is take a kitesurfing course to become an independent rider. The course will allow you to go to any beach, decide the most appropriate kite size according to wind conditions and start riding on your own without problems. In kitesurfing, like in all sports, the more you practice the better you will be.

So, if you were thinking of starting kiteboarding and also want a vacation in Tulum contact our school (Mexican Caribbean Kitesurf) and if you are looking for the best place to stay in Tulum beach while learning to sail, your place is Ahau Tulum.

Waiting for you here!

By MCK Tulum 30 Nov, 2012
For us kitesurfing is not only an extreme sport but also one of the best exercises for our body and our mind.

We have made some research in various online publications and below we explain the 10 benefits that the continued practice of kitesurfing can bring to your physical and mental health:

# 1 – Tones your body, especially the upper area, arms and abdomen. Strengthening your abdominal area makes a physical improvement of the abductors and legs too. You increase the strength in your arms by holding, the kite in legs by bending over the table to ride, and the muscles of the hands by grabbing the bar.

# 2 – Kitesurfing combines aerobics and resistance exercises. This combination is perfect for keeping a balance weight, molding your figure and gaining physical strength, very important to have a healthy heart.

# 3 – As you have to keep the kite in the air with one hand while you enter the water grabbing the board with the other hand, and when riding you are focused on several tasks at once, your coordination and your concentration improve.

# 4 – Also riding on the board is great to improve your balance.

# 5 – With any sport you eliminate stress, but if it is an extreme sport adrenaline rushes are much higher, creating a great feeling of wellness.

# 6 – In turn, stress reduction automatically strengthens your immune system and allows you to have a stronger health.

# 7 – The way of navigation and jumping in kitesurf, in which you have to constantly make decisions about movement and position of the bar, body, board, etc, makes you resolve difficult situations on the water, increasing your reflexes and reaction capacity.

# 8 – Like any sport in which you interact with the environment, kitesurfing fosters respect for the ocean, animals and nature in general, as well as makes you breathe fresh air away from the city smock.

# 9 – When you practice kitesurf inevitably you meet more kitesurfers on the beaches, which helps you to interact with people with common interests and tastes, improves your relationships and your ability to communicate. And most important, you know a group of people whom you can talk freely about your passion.

# 10 – Finally, we can say that kitesurfing allows you to experience new sensations, like the feeling of flying, increasing your level of happiness.

In this passing life we are here to try to be as happy as we can. So … What are you waiting to learn kitesurfing? The more you practice the fitter and happier you will be.
By MCK Tulum 15 Nov, 2012
We have always thought that we’re lucky people. We also believe that luck is for those who seek it and not for those who sit and wait for it to arrive.

Since the beginning of our Caribbean adventure we feel very fortunate in many ways. One reason is because we have found the coolest spot for our kitesurfing school. And frankly, we could not have found a better place.

From now on, you can find us on the beach of Ahau Tulum hotel, in the kilometer 7.5 of the Tulum – Boca Paila Road. A spectacular location between the white sand and turquoise beach and the thicker Mayan jungle. A hotel surrounded by palm trees with the best Caribbean cabañas, yoga lessons, a restaurant serving delicious food and one of the prettiest beaches in the world.

We still have a lot to do and prepare for the school to be ready next high season, but the kitesurfing classes have already started on the Ahau Tulum beach taking advantage of these few windy summer days.

For those who want to learn kitesurfing or those who already know and want to navigate in a beautiful spot, we invite you to spend some days with Mexican Caribbean Kitesurfing in Ahau Tulum. Enjoy the kite, relax in the hammocks on the beach and stay in the best cabañas of Tulum, with all the facilities and the most special environment.

No more to say. The images speak for themselves. See you soon in Tulum.
By MCK Tulum 31 Oct, 2012
Mexican Caribbean Kitesurf is about beaches, palm trees, hammocks and a Kiteboarding and Paddle Surf school in Tulum, a paradise in the Mexican Caribbean.

Paddle Surf, known too as SUP (Stand Up Paddle Surfing), is becoming a fashionable sport on many beaches around the world. The best thing about it, is that does not require a great physical or technical condition as kite surfing, surfing or windsurfing. It can be practiced at any age and is quite easy to learn.

SUP consists on sliding over the water, up on a board of 3 meters or more, driven with a paddle. Standing on a board is the best way to enjoy the sea from another perspective.

It is a very complete sport. If practiced regularly increases our balance and muscle tone especially legs (which are slightly bent when paddling), abdomen and arms.

It can be said that Paddle Surf can be practiced in two basic ways:

  • the “quiet” way, with a simple, relaxed and safe paddling trip in the sea or a lagoon; and 
  • the “extreme” or surfer way, catching waves powered by a paddle, being able to surf incredible waves as any surfer does with a conventional board;

The improved balance properties have already made that meditation and yoga classes are being taught on a SUP board floating in the water.

We will explain these and other good Paddle Surf characteristics later in this blog. For now, we encourage you to take a course of Paddle Surf to work your balance and learn the basic techniques of paddling. It would just take one hour or two and you will enjoy the sport very much.

In Mexican Caribbean Kitesurf we offer one-hour paddle surf course followed by an extra hour of practice for just 50 USD. We will teach you the SUP’s basic maneuvers, how to use the paddle to move and rotate on the water, and many other amazing things about SUP. The best part is that we offer the course in the incredible beach of Tulum in the Mayan Riviera.

So… Stand Up and Paddle!
By MCK Tulum 15 Oct, 2012
As a child I liked to imagine I had super powers like Superman, Flash or Hulk. As I got older I never stopped imagining. I think this happens to many adults, otherwise Batman and Spiderman movies would not be in all theaters in the world with great success.

Can you imagine yourself jumping as Hulk or running as Flash? Since I started kitesurfing some of these dreams become true or are pretty close to. And this is one of the things that make you feel the passion for kitesurfing. It aloud you to do great deeds and sometimes, just for seconds, you feel yourself super powerful.

In the kitesurf world we also have our super heroes, each one with their own super power. Let's have a look:

FLASH would be Rob Douglas, the American kitesurfer who holds the world speed record. He even defeat the Hidroptere, a vessel of many million dollars built with space age materials. So dear reader, the world faster object driven by wind is not a high-tech sailboat, it’s a kitesurfer who used a normal kite gear with a lightly modified board. He did so in Lüderitz (Namibia) in a channel of 6 meters wide approximately, where one mistake means broken bones if you are lucky. In fact Rob broke his wrist when getting it. Too bad he did not have the Wolverine powers to heal and continue sailing the same day.

HULK would be Lewis Crathern with his incredible jumps. He even jumped the Brighton Pier. Many called him crazy or unconscious for trying. He is not crazy because he takes calculated risks. He waited about a year to reach the perfect conditions to jump the pier. I consider him a hero because he seeks to save the planet using his media pull to raise awareness about ecology and the benefits of wind power.

AQUAMAN would be Ben Wilson, who surf the biggest and more powerful waves where a mistake can be fatal. Not coincidentally, he surfed the largest wave driven by a kite; this is because he is a storm seeker and that day in Namotu (Fiji) he found the perfect storm. In my case this would be my favorite superhero because the waves are my passion.

These three cases are extraordinary sport-men breaking records and bringing the kitesurf to new frontiers but don’t think that to jump and navigate you have to be a great athlete or very good technically, anyone with a little practice can jump, navigate and feel the super-powers.

The videos of the records:



By MCK Tulum 30 Sep, 2012
In Tulum you can feel life and nature everywhere. It’s really great how many wild animals live and nest in the area. From May to October is turtle nesting season. Another reason to visit us here!!

On the beaches of Tulum, and on the Mexican Caribbean‘s beaches in general, you mainly can find two types of sea turtles: the Loggerhead and Green Turtle.

Most of these turtles life takes place at sea, but they always return to land to nest. At night when the sun sets, turtle moms swim to Tulum beaches, dig a nest of about 50 or 60 inches with their flippers, lay their eggs (between 85 and 120 eggs per nest), bury them with sand and return to the Caribbean Sea.

Their offspring takes between 50 and 60 days to hatch, but the most complicated thing for these baby turtles is to reach the sea before getting devoured by a predator or burned by the sun. So, most of the time they try to do at night.

Since both turtles species are endangered, some nests are moved to a restricted beach area of about 40 meters where turtles birth takes place in optimal conditions. A small creek near the archaeological site of Tulum’s magical archeological zone (I can not imagine a better place to be born), where a mesh is placed to prevent local animals such as raccoon or badger devour the eggs.

In Tulum and in the whole Riviera Maya, authorities and hotel owners are very concerned about it. There is even a Sea Turtle Festival held every year since 2003 which aims to raise the local population and tourists awareness on the sea turtles protection, as one of the most primitive vertebrates in existence and now endangered too.

As taking care of the environment is our responsibility (from all of us). If you are lucky to find a turtle on the beach you have to keep a distance, be quite and calm, not flash it with lamps or photo flashes, in order to prevent abortions or stress situation which can force the scared turtle return into the sea without laying their eggs. And for the rest … enjoy the moment and the incredible experience!
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